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Interest Rates, PMI, and other Mortgage News

by Julie Gray-Roller in My Blog.

If you’ve been sitting on the fence waiting for some good news to start 2015, the following might be just what you’re waiting for. 1.  Minimum down payments dropped from 6% to as low as 3% are in play for some government insured programs 2.  The interest rate  for 30-year mortgages dropped to 3.66% and may hold […]

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Hot Real Estate Market? Be Prepared and Bring your Checkbook!

by Julie Gray-Roller in My Blog.

Have you noticed how quickly some new house/condo listings go under contract? Did you go to an Open House and then ask your realtor write a contract just to discover there are multiple contracts already? Has your realtor informed you a pre-qualification letter isn’t good enough — you need a pre-approval letter from a lender? […]

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New Year, New Homes, Mortgage News

by Julie Gray-Roller in My Blog.

A new year brings many challenges, changes, and goals.  Plans to loose weight, move, change job, change relationships, buy a home/condo/vacation place????  New Year resolutions  — exercise regime, healthy cooking, read more, catch up with old friends????   These are probably a few of the things on your mind as we start 2014.  Of course, […]

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Preparations for Relocating to Northern Virginia

by Julie Gray-Roller in My Blog.

Regardless of  your current location, if your destination is Virginia you’ll find innumerable fascinating features in this state.  Mountains, vineyards, parklands, historical sites, monuments and renowned universities  are easily reach so you should make plans to check out these marvelous local offerings.  Of course, these are the fun and interesting aspects of your new community […]

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Home Buyers — First-time and Others Entering the Northern Virginia Real Estate Market

by Julie Gray-Roller in My Blog.

Everyone probably needs some pointers on buying property — but first-time home buyers can benefit the most from the following information and tips. The mortgage market is recovering from years of loose standards and lenient lending practices.   If you are considering  purchasing a property — rather this is your first home or a second home — be […]

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Houses, Food, Gas, Health Insurance — What are you shopping for?

by Julie Gray-Roller in My Blog.

So today, I was watching TV (of course) and heard some interesting tidbits.  Ever heard of Wegman’s market?  Although Wegman’s is considered  a boutique food market and the prices for food items are “more expensive” than those at other food chains  like Giant, Safeway, Shoppers Food Warehouse —   Wegman’s prices are 13%  lower than […]

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